Al Martin is back after illness but Phillips to keep his place
Alan Martin has returned to training after suffering a recent bout of flu, but manager Steve Davis has admitted that he feels the former Scotland Under-21 is still not 100% yet after nearly a week in bed.
Steve Phillips took Martin’s place for the Boxing Day trip to Tranmere and looks likely to keep his place for tomorrow’s clash at Oldham. Steve Davis has a choice to make over his goalkeepers but says that Phillips has to perform well to keep his shirt.
Steve Davis told crewealex.net: “I have three good goalkeepers and I wouldn’t be afraid to play Ben (Garratt) if I had to because he is a good young goalkeeper who has improved with the coaching he has received from Steve.
“Alan has been ill with the flu but he came in yesterday. He wasn’t quite right and that is to be expected when you have been in bed for almost a week. He was a bit groggy and not himself, so we will see how he is.
“That happens when you are ill and you don’t eat as well as normal. He hasn’t trained so it may take him a few days to get back into it, so it is unlikely he will play tomorrow.
“Steve came in at Tranmere and did well for us. He knows he has to play well to stay in the team and he has been used to that type of competition during his career.”